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Choosing a Kitchen Countertop

If you are planning a kitchen remodel or renovation this year you will want to read my last two posts:  Planning a Kitchen Remodel and Kitchen Remodel:  Cabinets. This week, I want to focus on choosing your kitchen countertop. After cabinets and labor, the cost of replacing your countertops is the next big bite out of your renovation budget, at 10%. There are several countertop material options, and Consumer Reports offers their review:

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Kitchen Remodel Planning, Ideas, and Cost

kitchenMy last decorating article, “2016 Kitchen Trends” focused on the trends you will see in kitchen design this year. This week I would like to concentrate on cost, options and resources. Use this article as a tool to assist you in creating the kitchen of your dreams!

The first step is coming up with a kitchen plan. Create a list of the features that you would like in a new kitchen. Look at the top six kitchen layouts to give you a perspective of the different kitchen arrangements. Click on the topics below and get started with your planning:

  • Plumbing Work: Will You be doing any plumbing work? Click here for an excellent article from Angie’s List to help you with picking a plumbing company.
  • Electrical Work:  Get some great advice from the experts at This Old House by clicking here.
  • Kitchen Cabinets:  Keep in mind that they can take 4-6 weeks for delivery. If you are considering custom cabinets that order could take up to six months. Click here for information on choosing stock cabinets.
  • Kitchen Counter:  Click here for an article on the different counter top options.

Kitchen Flooring:

Interested in experiencing the design process before you meet with anyone? Or perhaps you wish to do the work yourself with help – to select which visual planning tool you would like to try out click on the links below:

Redesign RightHave fun with this process and take your time to ensure that you make the right choices. Having fresh eyes visit your kitchen space and suggest ideas is worth the investment. Kitchen designers will often see details that you would not think of because you are accustomed to your kitchen. If you need help with your color selection or redesign, give Debbie a call 610.955.8202.

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .


Time to Replace your Kitchen Countertop

iStock_000003819074LargeLast week I focused my decorating post on renovating or changing your kitchen cabinets.  This week I would like to focus on replacing your kitchen countertop.  Though granite has recently been the go-to option there are many beautiful options available, and I would like to highlight some unique ideas in this post.

Soapstone

Soapstone is a natural stone that is not porous, will not stain or emit radon, will not etch, requires no sealer and has a lovely natural looking finish.  For a review covering the advantages of soapstone over granite, click here.

Man-made Solid Surface

These products are durable, and practical made from non-porous materials, resisting stains and bacteria.  The original solid surface products, Corian®, is available in many colors, click here for the available colors.

Quartz

Non-porous, scratch and stain resistant and does not need sealants.  They come in a variety of color combinations and perform well over time.  For a comparative study done by Caesarstone® of quartz compared to granite, laminate and solid surface, click here.  Another popular source of quartz is Cambria, click here for their inspiration gallery.

Recycled Glass

Consider an eco-friendly product, one example made by Vetrazzo is comprised of 85% recycled glass, 15% white cement.  It is durable and more resistant to surface damage than natural stone.  To see a gallery of products from Vetrazzo, click here.  Another, green option is ECO by Consentino and is manufactured from 75% recycled materials such as mirror, glass, porcelain, earthenware and vitrified ash.  The color options are beautiful, click here to view their photo gallery.

Laminate

I know what you’re thinking, “Laminate!  Has she lost her mind?”  The laminate options of today are not what our mothers had!  If you think laminate countertops are no longer in favor, think again.  They offer a durable and affordable option to kitchen counters.  There’s a whole new world of products available along this line.  A new surface using nanotechnology, which is durable, resistant, and self-healing!  Seriously, to repair you place a wet paper towel on the scratch and use a hot iron and it looks as good as new!  Read more about nanotechnology in regard to countertops and product information from Arpa Industriale by clicking here.

Accent Pieces

There are many options out there that you can read about such as stainless steel, copper, zinc or hardwood, but they are not maintenance free and require work.  For that reason, you may consider using as an accent piece countertop for an island or side counter rather than the primary work space in the kitchen.  Another idea is to create a custom design in your accent piece by using tile.  What I like about this idea is that you can create your individual design and have a look that is unique to you and your home!  To explore this idea and read a how-to on this potentially DIY project; click here for instructions from Bob Vila.

Logo-JPEG-1If you need help with selecting a color combination or design plan for your kitchen renovation, contact Debbie@RedesignRight.com!

By Debbie Correale, founder and owner of Redesign Right, LLC. You can learn more about her at www.RedesignRight.com. Find her on Facebook.com/RedesignRight, Twitter @RedesignRight, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Houzz and .